Pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a natural hormone that a woman’s body produces that causes contractions. Generally, it is used to start the labor process. In recent years using Pitocin has become a controversial topic. Many have complained that it gets used too frequently. Additionally, its safety and usefulness are still uncertain.
Oxytocin gets discharged in bursts. When Pitocin is administered, it is through IV, which is regulated with a steady flow. Natural contractions differ from Pitocin contractions both in strength and effect. Induced contractions can decrease blood flow to the uterus. Reduced blood flow will cause reduced oxygen to the baby. Lack of oxygen to the baby can result in brain damage and cerebral palsy.
Additionally, other hazards can be present to both the child and the mother. For the baby, dangers include neonatal hypoxia from too many and extended uterine contractions, fetal asphyxia, and physical injury. Risks to the mother include tumultuous labor and contractions that can lead to premature separation of the placenta, rupturing of the uterus, cervix laceration, or post-birth hemorrhage.
If your child has sustained brain damage, cerebral palsy, or another injury during birth, it could be the result of using Pitocin and failing to monitor the baby properly. This could be the result of medical malpractice or negligence. We recommend you contact us immediately for a free case evaluation. CALL US ANYTIME (877)776-9558 or fill out a consultation form here to start the process.